THE STRONG ONES UNITED FOUNDATION
The Strong Ones United Foundation continues to assist brilliant students in Jamaica who lack the financial support needed to continue their education. We are aware that poverty does affect many people who are capable of making note worthy contributions to society and we hope to aid them in making their dreams a reality.
Message from Etana:
“Besides assiting students by choice, helping with tuition and books, lunch, transportation, uniforms etc. I did competitions where smart children with struggling parents have an opportunity to receive funding to alleviate the strain of the yearly book lists expenses and tuition. After three years of donations and competitions on my own, I realize the number of parents and students from prep and primary school to high school and college asking if I would do the competition again or anything else that would help them get through school grew. I also knew I couldn't do it all on my own. I decided to make my foundation official so I can do a lot more with the help of others. Why do I think this is important you may ask? Well, I saw first hand what a trying student goes through on a daily basis whose single parent struggled financially.
There was a boy I knew who would walk to school without lunch money, without even breakfast. At times, he got to school with the only money he had for one way transportation. Sometimes he didn't have money to get home and he had to walk home. One day on the way home from school he fainted and was brought to the University hospital by strangers. In all the negatives, he was an A/b student regardless of the sound of gunshots he had to study through at nights and all the abuse from an frustrated mother he had to endure. With hard work, dedication, a vision of a better life and some financial support, He went on to college, graduated and is now highly paid in his professional field of choice in the United States. There are many more like him in Jamaica And with your help they too can have the same opportunity.
Help me give struggling, hard working students like the one I mentioned in my short story hope and encourage them to keep going.